Phoenix Knights beat Turk Ocagi in thriller to lift Bert Holloway Cup

Phoenix Knights ended their season lifting the Bert Holloway Cup after beating Premier Division Turk Ocagi Limassol Russellers at Meridian Sports 3-2. 

Turk Ocagi did all the early pressing with N'diri N'dili firing over from 5 yards, and Nicolas Golding full of running, but it was Knights who took a 31st minute lead against the run of play. James Groom finding space in the Turk Ocagi defence, to fire past Ismail Gozde. 

Ten minutes later it was the same story, only confusion in the Turk Ocagi box following a long throw allowed Groom to nip in and head in his and Phoenix Knights second from close range. 

Bert Holloway's son, Colin Holloway presents Phoenix Knights with the Bert Holloway Cup

Bert Holloway's son, Colin Holloway presents Phoenix Knights with the Bert Holloway Cup

The game now became more open and Turk Ocagi continued to press to find a way back in but a mixture of poor finishing and superb defending denied them. 

Phoenix Knights then extended their lead, when good work down the left wing and a low ball into the goal area was turned in by an unlucky defender who was trying to clear.

Despite being 3-0 down, Turk Ocagi continued to press, and were rewarded when a cross from the left was handled inside the box to give Turk Ocagi a chance back into the game. Serkan Murat stepped up, but his usually cultured left foot deserted him, as the ball flew high and wide. Still Turk Ocagi didn't give up, and finally found a way through on 82 minutes, and boy what a strike! Habeeb Ajani volleying the ball into the top right hand corner from 20 yards giving the goalkeeper no chance. With hope restored, a revitalised Turk Ocagi poured forwards, and just 3 minutes later Tugay Topju struck their second. 

With 5 minutes to go, the game turned into defence v attack but with over 5 minutes added time Phoenix Knights held on to lift the Bert Holloway Cup in their first WESFA season.